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Local schoolgirls inspired in STEM

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LLANELLI’s Assembly Member, Lee Waters, hosted an event in Tumble Hall on Monday to inspire local schoolgirls to consider taking up STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – subjects in school.

The event saw eight-year-old girls from Gwendraeth Valley schools taking part in fun science activities, and celebrating the advances women have made over centuries in scientific and mathematical fields.

Lee Waters AM said: “This has become an annual event inspired initially by our area’s association with Amelia Earhart’s incredible feat in being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. With a tech skill shortage and an ever-widening gender divide, now is a critical time to engage pupils – particularly girls – and inspire them to take up STEM subjects and careers.”

During the event, the girls were able to participate in activities that gave them a fun experience of science and tech. The workshops were provided by local companies Mad Science Wales and Technocamp, which devised an engaging programme of STEM activities around the theme of ‘flight’.

The AM said: “In STEM subjects, girls do better than boys at primary school, and they’re level pegging at secondary school; however, only 16% of jobs in these STEM fields are taken by women. If we want to recover the economy of this area, we need to inspire girls and women to think that they too can take a role.”

Mr Waters also paid tribute to the achievements of women in science such as Ruby Payne-Scott who was the first person to figure out the temperature of the sun and Rosalind Franklin who discovered the structure of DNA. He added: “We don’t celebrate women like these enough and we’ve got to put that right, so every year, while I’m an Assembly Member, I’m going to commemorate these amazing, pioneering women – women like Amelia Earhart.

I want our local girls to know that they too can grow up to become scientists, engineers, mathematicians, inventors and fighter pilots. And not to let anything – or anyone – hold them back.”

The event was sponsored by local engineering firm Amcanu.

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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